Ladies of Castlegar enjoy a magical evening at 12th Annual Diamond Dinner
By Mary Anne Coules and Wayne Groutage
The ladies of Castlegar travelled to a far away, exotic “Arabian Night” oasis at the 12th Annual Diamond Dinner, which was held on Saturday, May 4 at the Castlegar Community Complex. From the moment they stepped inside, the male Rotarians waited on each of the 280 guests hand and foot. The ladies were greeted with a glass of champagne and escorted to their table, and were served appetizers, dinner and drinks.
The evening included a fashion show by Fashion Foundations, live auction bids, silent auction bids, a draw for a 51” Samsung Plasma TV from The Brick, and arms draws featuring a variety of prizes. The male Rotarians provided the entertainment, with the “Diamonds in the Rough” dancers performing to “Gangum Style” .
The dinner was catered by Kim’s Creations, and featured a Prime Rib dinner with Yorkshire pudding and gravy, roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables. Dessert was a rich chocolate cheese cake, drizzled with a decadent rum sauce.
The luckiest lady of the evening, Sandy Leonard, went home with the grand prize – a beautiful diamond from the Gift Box as well as a gift certificate for a setting from Jo-Ann Bursey at Century 21.
This much-anticipated event is the Castlegar Rotary Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and the proceeds fund local and international projects such as the digital mammography campaign at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, heart monitor at the Castlegar Health Centre, the gazebo and patio at Talarico Place, the Rotary Fitness Park at Twin Rivers Park, the highway interchange fountain in Castlegar, wheelchairs for the Red Cross, the skateboard park, the Selkirk College Single Parent Bursary and PolioPlus—worldwide eradication of Polio. The Club is grateful for the continued support of our sponsors and donations from local businesses that help make this event possible.